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Church ‘buttresses’ prefer changelessness

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23 September 2009

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From the Revd Michael Allso

Sir, — The Revd Maggie Durran is quite correct (as she so often is) when she says that many of our church buildings have an iconic status (Features, 18 September). The old saying is that the church has many buttresses (people who support it from the outside) but few pillars (people who support it from the inside).

Among the problems is that these infrequent users value the very “changelessness” of our buildings, while many of us are trying to make them relevant to the 21st century. How to balance these two apparent opposites is the challenge facing so many communities in this benefice (the Dunster Benefice) and elsewhere. It is also one that must be faced by diocesan advisory committees and church architects.

MICHAEL ALLSO
Church House, Main Road
Carhampton
Minehead
Somerset TA24 6LX

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